Heartbeat First Look: Blood, Sex and Open Heart Surgeries on Planes

NBC’s upcoming hospital drama Heartbeat will turn the real life of cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Kathy Magliato into a heart-racing hospital drama.

Melissa George plays Magliato’s television alter ego Dr. Alex Panttiere, a maverick surgeon who isn’t afraid of pursuingbig risks for big rewards. Her rock-star style in the operating room has to be balanced with her equally fast-paced love life. (Imagine cracking a chest open in the morning to come home to your ex-husband and two kids, an ex-boyfriend turned co-worker and your new boyfriend. It sounds like a roller coaster just talking about it!)

Read more at TVGuide.com

Dr. Magliato Will Be Honored at the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards



Event in support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women


NEW YORK (January 21, 2016) – On February 9, 2016, Woman’s Day will celebrate the 13th annual Red Dress Awards, honoring those who have made significant contributions in the fight against heart disease, the number one killer of women today. NBC co-host and author Hoda Kotb will host and Grammy Award-winning sibling trio The Band Perry will headline the event, held at The Allen Room at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The Awards will feature additional performances from The CraigLewis Band of America’s Got Talent, singer and impressionist Christina Bianco, and six-person a cappella group Duwende. Woman’s Day is proud to partner with CocoaVia, Mayo Clinic, Rosa Regale Red Sparkling Wine, Land’s End, and Lenox for this year’s event.

“Each month, Woman’s Day provides readers with actionable tips on how they can stay heart healthy,” said Susan Spencer, Editor in Chief, Woman’s Day. “We’re thrilled to celebrate our honorees, whose innovative contributions and thinking are improving the heart health of every American.”

Woman’s Day is proud to honor the following heart health advocates: Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, the 19th Surgeon General of the United States; Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH, Founder and Executive Director of Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Kathy E. Magliato, MD, MBA, FACS, Director of Women’s Cardiac Services at Saint John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica, American Heart Association Western States affiliate board member; and Sam Kass, former White House Chef, Senior Food Analyst for NBC News.

Woman’s Day will also honor Joanne Lupton, PhD, distinguished professor emeritus at Texas A&M and member of the National Academy of Medicine; who will receive the CocoaVia Healthy Heart Award.

The awards ceremony will be attended by participants of the third annual Woman’s Day Live Longer & Stronger Challenge alongside their mentor, TODAY Show nutritionist and Woman’s Day columnist Joy Bauer. Over the course of eight months, Woman’s Day and Bauer have provided nutrition counseling and guidance to five women who have collectively lost more than 220 pounds and have achieved impressive heart health milestones. Rent the Runway will provide dresses for the women to help celebrate their transformations.

The 2016 Red Dress Award honorees will be featured in the March issue of Woman’s Day, on newsstands February 9. For more information on the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards, log onto www.womansday.com/reddressawards. Supporters can follow the awards on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #RedDressAwards.

The Awards are being produced for the eighth consecutive year by Scott Mauro Entertainment, Inc. / Scott Mauro, Executive Producer.


About Woman’s Day

Woman’s Day is an indispensable resource to 16 million women. The brand speaks to readers’ values and focuses on what’s important. The pages empower women with smart solutions for core concerns—health, home, food, style and money—and celebrate cherished connections with family, friends and community. Whether in-book, online, mobile or through social outlets, we provide inspiring insight and fresh ideas on how to get the most of everything. Woman’s Day inspires its loyal audience with actionable and relatable tools to lead a vibrant, healthy and satisfying life. Woman’s Day is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst, one of the nation’s largest diversified media and information companies. With 21 titles in the U.S., Hearst is the leading publisher of monthly magazines in terms of total paid circulation (AAM 2H 2014), reaching 78 million readers (Spring 2015 MRI gfk) and 54 million site visitors each month (comScore). Follow Woman’s Day on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


About Go Red For Women®

Go Red For Women® is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease in women. We are committed to the fight, for as long as it takes. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement was created by women, for women. Because our health is non-negotiable, because we have the power to save our lives, and because the best force for women is women. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s., Inc, with additional support from our cause supporters. For more information please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278).


For more information, please contact:

Carrie Carlson, carriecarlson@hearst.com, 212-649-2617

Kaitie Ames, kames@hearst.com, 212-649-2180

How NBC’s New Medical Show Was Born at a Ron Meyer Dinner Party

NBC’s forthcoming medical series Heartbeat began as fodder at a Ron Meyer dinner party.

When the NBCUniversal vice chairman’s wife, Kelly, heard the tales of Dr. Kathy Magliato, one of few female cardiothoracic surgeons, her response was immediate: “Oh my God, you’re a show.” Not long after, Amy Brenneman and Brad Silberling were introduced to Magliato and the Leftovers actress said she, too, had that response: “I remember driving away thinking that woman’s a TV show.”

Read the full article at The Hollywood Reporter.

Queen Latifah Opens Up About Helping Her Mom Live With Heart Failure

“We’re not going to talk about dying from heart failure, we’re going to talk about living with heart failure because that’s what Rita’s doing,” says Los Angeles cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Kathy Magliato…


Read more: http://www.people.com/article/queen-latifah-mother-heart-failure-psa

One of World’s Only Female Heart Surgeons Sits Down for a Heart-to9Heart Talk

In her violetblue surgical scrubs and wedge heels with shoulderlength blonde hair and matte blackmanicured nails, and carrying a pink tote bag, Dr. Kathy Magliato had a commanding presence as she greeted the PalisadianPost with a strong handshake and an engaging smile.

As one of the few female heart surgeons in the world (and in the history of heart surgery), the El Medio Bluffs resident Dr. Kathy Magliato attracts respect and admiration wherever she goes throughout her field and beyond.

Read more at the Palisadian-Post.


Lessons Learned: Stories from Women in Medical Management

I was fortunate to contribute a chapter in this book, “Lessons Learned: Stories from Women in Medical Management“. It will be released in March. The print version can be pre-ordered from Amazon. Please get your copy today as each chapter is filled with much inspiration.

Artificial Heart Offers a Real Chance

After years of declining health, Tammy Lumpkins becomes the first West Coast patient to be released from the hospital after receiving an artificial heart. The device will buy her some time until she can get a transplant.

November 09, 2011|By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times

When 46-year-old Tammy Lumpkins showed up at Keck Hospital of USC in August, she needed a new heart.

Her doctors got her onto the transplant list, but as she waited, her health deteriorated. Her liver and kidneys started to fail and she couldn’t get out of bed.

“To say she was on the brink of death was an understatement,” said Dr. Michael Bowdish, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Keck Hospital.

PHOTOS: A new heart

So in late September, Bowdish implanted an artificial heart in Lumpkins to replace both of the organ’s chambers and all four valves. And on Wednesday, Lumpkins will become the first person on the West Coast to leave the hospital with such a device.

Lumpkins said she feels lucky to be alive and grateful to be leaving the hospital. Now she can watch her 19-year-old son graduate from ITT Technical Institute in December. And after nearly 20 years with heart problems, Lumpkins said Tuesday that she had renewed confidence that she would finally get better.

“I was ready to give up last summer,” she said, sitting beside her husband in front of the hospital. “Now there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s getting brighter.”

Although artificial hearts aren’t new, patients have traditionally had to stay in the hospital because the machine necessary to make them work weighed more than 400 pounds. Now, new technology allows patients to go home while they wait for heart transplants. The device, which weighs almost 14 pounds, can be carried in a small backpack.

“She can go home and live a normal life,” said Bowdish, who directs the hospital’s artificial heart program.

More than 950 people have received artificial hearts and 22 people in the United States have gone home with the lightweight devices, according to Don Isaacs, spokesman for SynCardia, the Tucson-based company that manufacturers the artificial heart. The device costs about $124,000 and an additional $18,000 a year to maintain, Isaacs said. Although the heart is approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the backpack device is part of a clinical trial.

Patients can live with the artificial heart for years, although the goal is to get them transplants as soon as possible. “But the reality is there’s a wait, and sometimes a long wait,” he said.

More than 3,100 patients are waiting for heart transplants. The average wait is 168 days, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing.

“The supply doesn’t meet the demand,” said Dr. Kathy E. Magliato, a cardiothoracic surgeon and president of the American Heart Assn. board in Los Angeles. An artificial heart can save the lives of patients who cannot wait for transplants, she said.

Lumpkins, who lives near Modesto, was 28 when she was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a disease that weakens and enlarges the heart. Five years later, doctors told her she had congestive heart failure. Since early 2010, Lumpkins said, she has been in and out of the hospital. Her husband, Dale, an electrician, said his insurance will pay for some of the medical bills.

Because she must stay relatively close to the hospital, Lumpkins will live temporarily at a friend’s house in Hemet and return weekly for checkups. After the holidays, Bowdish said, he plans to actively start looking for a transplant heart.

With the machine pumping loudly beside her Tuesday, Lumpkins said she was nervous. “It’s scary not knowing what’s going to happen,” she said. “But I’m feeling 100% better than I ever did.”

Following the surgery to implant her artificial heart in September, Lumpkins and her husband renewed their wedding vows after 22 years of marriage. “I told her that her new heart had to love me as much as her old heart had,” he said.






Top 5 Symptoms of Heart Disease in Women




July 6, 2011


Top 5 Symptoms of Heart Disease in Women

1. Fatigue

2. Shortness of Breath

3. Indigestion, Upper Abdominal Pain or Nausea

4. Jaw or Throat Pain

5. Arm Pain (Especially the left arm)

“The most common way women present with heart disease is dead, dead on arrival,” Dr. Kathy Magliato, cardiothoracic surgeon at Saint John’s Health Center in Los Angeles, told ABC News. “Women tend to downplay their symptoms, and they tend to wait longer to come to the hospital, and that’s why they die at home.”

Every year since 1984 more women than men have died of heart disease, said Magliato, and 50 percent of all women never experience chest pains.

While heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women, in recent years, as deaths attributed to the disease have declined, the drop has been much less significant in women.

“We have to think of this disease as a woman’s disease, it’s not a man’s disease,” said Magliato, who is also president of the American Heart Association of Greater Los Angeles. “The symptoms between men and women are so drastically different that what women believe is heart disease is really men’s heart disease.”

A new report from the Society for Women’s Health Research and Women Heart cites a lack of gender-specific research and insufficient recruitment of women and minorities for trials as the main obstacles in detecting and diagnosing cardiovascular disease.

“Improved participation rates of women and minorities in CVD trial research would result in more appropriate prevention and early detection, accurate diagnosis and proper treatment of all women with heart disease,” according to the report.

Another reason heart disease is more difficult to diagnose in women than in men is that abnormal blood vessel function happens on a smaller scale in women.

“Women tend to get disease at the level of … microvessels, which are very small, very tiny vessels that supply the blood to the heart,” said Magliato. “Men tend to get blockages in the larger blood vessels of the heart, the blood vessels that we see when we do our typical studies for diagnosing heart disease.”

Magliato said that the best precautionary step a woman can take against heart disease, in addition to eating well and becoming active, is knowing the symptoms. She said women need to listen to their bodies, and if they have one or more of these top symptoms, they should see a doctor immediately.



UCLA Anderson 100 Inspirational Alumni

Dr. Kathy Magliato received the honor of being named one of UCLA Anderson School of Management’s 100 Inspirational Alumni.  Kathy received her MBA in 2006: www.anderson.ucla.edu/x32548.xml

UCLA Anderson 100 Inspirational Alumni

UCLA Anderson 100 Inspirational Alumni

The list of the 100 Inspirational Alumni at UCLA Anderson:  www.anderson.ucla.edu/x35758.xml


LA Fresh Air Dining Event


No Smoking LAAhh, can you smell it?  Actually, its what you are NOT smelling – cigarette smoke.  On behalf of the American Heart Association, Dr. Kathy Magliato  teamed up with the LA City Council and Mayor AntonioVillaraigosa to celebrate the LA Fresh Air Dining Event.  LA Fresh Air Dining Event celebrates the no smoking ban on outdoor dining.  More info can be found at msnbc.com: